‘Tis the Season to Drive Sober

NHTSA’s Pre-Holiday Season Impaired Driving Prevention Campaign runs from November 27th to December 11th, 2011

Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving…

During the holiday season, many adults celebrate and enjoy themselves with a couple of drinks, but even one too many drinks increases their chances of crashing while driving  motor vehicles.  

That is why SafetyFirst Systems wants everyone to put safety before the party this holiday season by assigning a sober designated driver to get them home.

According to crash statistics from the most recent year on file, during December (alone) there were 753 people killed in crashes that involved drivers or motorcycle riders with blood alcohol concentrations of .08 grams per deciliter or higher.  That’s far too many funerals and tragic grief during what should be a joyful and festive time of the year.

Unfortunately, millions of drivers still jeopardize their safety and the safety of others on our roads, by driving under the influence of alcohol.

It’s Just Not Worth the Risk!

Before you head out to parties, consider the cost of pushing your luck:

  • Sacrificing your life and the life of others by driving a vehicle or riding a motorcycle after a few drinks can result in tragedy for you and your loved ones.
  • Having your driving privileges taken from you will certainly put a damper on your holiday season.
  • Drunk driving offenders receive plenty of unwanted gifts like:
    • Attorney fees,
    • Court costs,
    • Car repairs,
    • Lost time at work, and
    • Higher insurance rates  

Consider these “Holiday Safety Tips” from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to Prevent a Drunk Driving Misfortune:

  • Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin;
  • Before drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home;
  • If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation so you are sure to get home safely;
  • Use your community’s sober ride program;
  • If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact your local law enforcement; and
  • Remember, Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving. If you know people who are about to drive or ride with someone who is impaired, take the driver’s keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

 For more information, please visit http://www.nhtsa.gov/Impaired

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